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Recruits, Polls, & Awards

Given three games in the next five days the weekly post cadence is being compressed so tonight we’ll take a look at how the recruits are doing, the big Hockey East news in the polls, and find out if Eichel swept the conference awards for last week.

There won’t be a separate preview for the Turkey Tuesday Tilt.  For reference you can read last week’s preview of the Vermont game and my thoughts following Saturday’s game.  Despite the offensive eruption that occurred on Saturday, it’s still Vermont’s defense and goaltending that will likely decide the game.  Brody Hoffman made some key saves early on Saturday that helped set the tone for the Catamounts.  Still I don’t think too many UMass fans will be focused on what’s going on with the Cats and will be more concerned with how their team reacts to getting beaten 11-1 just days ago.  Personally I think we’ll likely see a very different UMass team than what they witnessed on Saturday.  Will it be enough to get the win?  I don’t know.  But even a hard-fought, close affair will be a vast improvement.

Brandon Montour – D – Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL) – Dec 2014
15 GP /4 G / 14 A / 18 Pts / 30 PIM /-3
Montour had to sit out Waterloo’s lone game this past weekend due to a suspension for hitting from behind.

Brandon Egli – D – Vernon Vipers (BCHL) – 2015
15 GP / 0 G /2 A / 2 Pts / 17 PIM
Egli had an assist this past week.

Jake McCarthy – D – South Shore Kings (USPHL) – 2015 or 2016
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
McCarthy is still nursing an injury that is delaying his debut for the Kings.

Kurt Keats – C – Powell River Kings (BCHL) – 2015
24 GP / 21 G / 13 A / 34 Pts / 41PIM
Keats continues to dominate the BCHL with two goals and an assist in two games this past week.  Keats is 2nd in the BCHL in goals, 3rd in points, and 3rd in PPG.

Austin Plevy – C – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2015
26 GP / 16 G /26 A / 42 Pts / 48 PIM
Plevy had another big week, scoring three goals to go with an assists in three games.  Plevy is 4th in the AJHL in goals, 2nd in assists, 1st in points.

Shane Bear – D – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
27 GP / 0 G / 13 A / 13 Pts / 37 PIM
Bear had an assist in his last three games.

Troy Conzo – RW – Wenatchee Wild (NAHL) – 2016 or 2017
3 GP / 0 G / 0 A /0 Pts / 0 PIM / –2  Des Moines (USHL)
7 GP/ 2 G/ 1 A / 3 Pts / 2 PIM / 0 Wenatchee (NAHL)
Last week I reported that Conzo had four goals in his first few games with his new team.  It appears the NAHL website double counted one of the games.  So he actually has two goals and an assist since moving leagues.

Kyler Nachtigall – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
27 GP / 6 G / 6 A / 12 Pts / 39 PIM
Nachtigall had a goal and and two assists in his last three games.

Ty Pelton-Byce – C – Team Wisconsin U18 (Elite)/Madison Memorial (WI HS) – 2016
21 GP / 12 G / 12 A / 24 Pts / 8 PIM  Team Wisconsin U18
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts  Madison Memorial
Madison Memorial’s season kicks off on November 28th.

John Leonard – F – Springfield Rifles (Mass Selects)/Springfield Cathedral (MA HS) – 2017
14 GP / 21 G / 11 A / 32 Pts  Springfield Rifles
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts  Springfield Cathedral
Cathedral’s season starts December 13th.

The big news around Hockey East today is that Boston University gained the top spot in this week’s USCHO poll.  It didn’t take second year head coach David Quinn long to get BU back to where they were customarily used to in college hockey.  It’s unknown if they can remain so highly ranked for the rest of the year, but you have to be impressed to see them bounce back from being the 9th best team in Hockey East last year to tops in the nation in such a short time.

Lowell moved up a spot to #4 after taking three points at Notre Dame.  Boston College stays at #12 despite beating UMass and Maine during the weekend.  The Catamounts 11 goal effort over the Minutemen wasn’t enough to make up for their loss to UConn in the voters’ eyes and they dropped a couple spots to #13.  This weekend’s opponent, Quinnipiac, stayed pat at #14.  Providence dropped to #20 despite beating UNH this past weekend.  The Friars and Wildcats were supposed to play two but Friday’s game was postponed due to ice problems.

Elsewhere in Hockey East Merrimack and Northeastern split a series that saw the Warriors lose one of their goaltenders.  Maine got swept by BU and BC in a trip to the Hub.  The Terriers dominated UConn 5-2 on Saturday.  #1 BU will be action on Tuesday as well taking on Harvard, because it’s not like they’re already slated to play in the Beanpot or anything (oh wait, they are).

USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll

November 24, 2014

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Boston University (42) 8- 1-1 988 3
2 North Dakota ( 3) 9- 3-1 889 2
3 Minnesota ( 1) 7- 3-0 825 4
4 Massachusetts-Lowell 8- 2-3 806 5
5 Miami 10- 4-0 764 7
6 Michigan Tech 10- 2-0 748 1
7 Minnesota State ( 3) 9- 3-0 746 9
8 Minnesota-Duluth ( 1) 9- 5-0 615 8
9 Colgate 9- 4-1 575 6
10 Denver 8- 3-0 572 10
11 Nebraska-Omaha 7- 2-1 435 13
12 Boston College 7- 5-0 425 12
13 Vermont 8- 3-1 423 11
14 Quinnipiac 8- 3-1 319 14
15 Bowling Green 10- 3-1 292 18
16 St. Cloud State 5- 6-1 249 16
17 Union 6- 5-1 214 15
18 Harvard 5- 1-2 147 NR
19 Northern Michigan 7- 2-1 141 17
20 Providence 5- 5-1 115 19
Others receiving votes: Robert Morris 96, St. Lawrence 48, Merrimack 30, Yale 17, Penn State 15, Ferris State 4, Notre Dame 2.

 

  Conference     Overall
    GP W-L-T   PTS GF-GA     GP W-L-T GF-GA
1 Vermont 10 6-3-1   13 34-19     12 8-3-1 39-20
  Boston University 8 6-1-1   13 33-16     10 8-1-1 37-18
3 Mass.-Lowell 7 5-0-2   12 28-10     13 8-2-3 49-32
4 Merrimack 7 4-3-0   8 16-13     13 8-4-1 36-26
  Providence 7 4-3-0   8 11-10     11 5-5-1 20-24
6 Boston College 6 3-3-0   6 18-16     12 7-5-0 39-31
  Notre Dame 6 2-2-2   6 12-15     14 6-6-2 39-37
8 Connecticut 6 2-3-1   5 11-14     13 3-6-4 22-31
  Northeastern 8 2-5-1   5 17-28     12 2-9-1 22-41
10 Maine 7 2-5-0   4 17-25     13 3-9-1 28-45
11 New Hampshire 5 1-4-0   2 8-16     11 4-7-0 29-30
  Massachusetts 7 1-6-0   2 16-39     10 3-7-0 30-48

 

Jack Eichel won the Hockey East Player of the Week Award with UConn and Providence also represented in this week’s superlatives.

Updated previews from UMass Athletics and Vermont.

The Burlington Free Press preview talks about forgetting about Saturday.  Sounds good to me!

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Recruit Update

Brandon Montour – D – Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL) – Dec 2014
15 GP /4 G / 14 A / 18 Pts / 30 PIM /-3
Montour had a goal and three assists in his last three games.  In fact his goal made the USHL highlights this week (2:10 mark below).  Montour continues to lead USHL defensemen in points and 5th among all skaters.

USHL Week 8 Highlights

Brandon Egli – D – Vernon Vipers (BCHL) – 2015
13 GP / 0 G /1 A / 1 Pts / 17 PIM
No points for Egli last week.

Jake McCarthy – D – South Shore Kings (USPHL) – 2015 or 2016
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
McCarthy is still nursing an injury that is delaying his debut for the Kings.

Kurt Keats – C – Powell River Kings (BCHL) – 2015
22 GP / 19 G / 12 A / 31 Pts / 37 PIM
Keats had two assists in his lone game this past week.  He’s currently second in the BCHL in goals and 5th in points.

Austin Plevy – C – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2015
23 GP / 13 G /24 A / 37 Pts / 44 PIM
Plevy had a goal and five assists in three games this past week.  Plevy leads the AJHL in points and points per game and is tied for 5th in goals.

Shane Bear – D – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
24 GP / 0 G / 12 A / 12 Pts / 37 PIM
Bear had an assist in his last three games.

Troy Conzo – RW – Wenatchee Wild (NAHL) – 2016 or 2017
3 GP / 0 G / 0 A /0 Pts / 0 PIM / –2  Des Moines (USHL)
7 GP/ 2 G/ 1 A / 3 Pts / 2 PIM / 0 Wenatchee (NAHL)
Last week I reported that Conzo had four goals in his first few games with his new team.  It appears the NAHL website double counted one of the games.  So he actually has two goals and an assist since moving leagues.

Kyler Nachtigall – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
24 GP / 5 G / 6 A / 11 Pts / 37 PIM
Nachtigall had a goal and and two assists in his last three games.

Ty Pelton-Byce – C – Team Wisconsin U18 (Elite)/Madison Memorial (WI HS) – 2016
21 GP / 12 G / 12 A / 24 Pts / 8 PIM  Team Wisconsin U18
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts  Madison Memorial
Madison Memorial’s season kicks off on November 28th.

John Leonard – F – Springfield Rifles (Mass Selects)/Springfield Cathedral (MA HS) – 2017
14 GP / 21 G / 11 A / 32 Pts  Springfield Rifles
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts  Springfield Cathedral
Cathedral’s season starts December 13th.

The big news around college hockey today was that Arizona State will elevate their championship caliber club program to Division I.  The plan is to transition next year and then to play as an independent in 2016.  They’ll then find a conference, likely the NCHC or WCHA, for 2017.  I love any news that shows that college hockey is expanding.  The great thing about the Sun Devils joining the DI ranks is it could lead to other Pac-12 teams to follow their path.  ASU will be sticking with their current club coach for their jump to DI.

For tomorrow’s View From Section U feature I’m going to do a round of UMail and answer your questions.  So please send me questions about the season thus far, geometric hockey jerseys, beer, or whatever.  You can send me your questions by commenting on this post, email, or Twitter.

Recruit Update

Catching up on two weeks of action for the future Minutemen:

Brandon Montour – D – Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL) – Dec 2014
12 GP / 3 G / 11 A / 14 Pts / 12 PIM /+1
Montour had a monster game on 11/6, scoring a goal and notching 3 assists in a 7-4 win over Chicago.  Montour leads the USHL in scoring by defensemen and tied for 7th among all skaters.

Brandon Egli – D – Vernon Vipers (BCHL) – 2015
10 GP / 0 G /1 A / 1 Pts / 11 PIM
No points for Egli in the last couple weeks, though he did miss a few games in that time due to a suspension.

Jake McCarthy – D – South Shore Kings (USPHL) – 2015 or 2016
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
McCarthy is still nursing an injury that is delaying his debut for the Kings.

Kurt Keats – C – Powell River Kings (BCHL) – 2015
21 GP / 19 G / 10 A / 29Pts / 28 IM
Keats had four goals and three assists in his last six games.  Keats is second in the BCHL in goals, first in power play goals, and tied for 10th in power play assists.

Austin Plevy – C – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2015
20 GP / 12 G /19 A / 31 Pts / 44 PIM
Plevy had two goals and an assist in his last three games.  He’s 2nd in the AJHL in points, tied for 6th in goals, and tied for fourth for game winning goals.

Shane Bear – D – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
21 GP / 0 G / 11 A / 11 Pts / 35 PIM
Bear had four assists in his last four games.  He leads the Bandits in most assists and points by a defenseman.

Troy Conzo – RW – Wenatchee Wild (NAHL) – 2016 or 2017
3 GP / 0 G / 0 A /0 Pts / 0 PIM / –2  Des Moines (USHL)
4 GP/ 4 G/ 0 A / 4 Pts / 0 PIM / +1  Wenatchee (NAHL)
Conzo, who was only playing sparingly in the USHL, was traded to Wenatchee of the NAHL in the last couple weeks.  It seems the change of scenery has done him well as he has scored four goals in the last two games with his new team.

Kyler Nachtigall – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
21 GP / 4 G / 4 A / 8 Pts / 37 PIM
Nachtigall had a goal and an assist in his last four games.

Ty Pelton-Byce – C – Team Wisconsin U18 (Elite)/Madison Memorial (WI HS) – 2016
21 GP / 12 G / 12 A / 24 Pts / 8 PIM  Team Wisconsin U18
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts  Madison Memorial
Madison Memorial’s season gets started on 11/28.  In the meantime Pelton-Byce kept himself busy recently by playing in the CCM IIT showcase which featured some top prep players from the Midwest, Massachusetts, and even the Czech Republic.  Pelton-Byce’s Minnesota Red team won the showcase.  He had a goal and an assist in the three games.

John Leonard – F – Springfield Rifles (Mass Selects)/Springfield Cathedral (MA HS) – 2017
14 GP / 21 G / 11 A / 32 Pts  Springfield Rifles
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts  Springfield Cathedral
Leonard has 8 goals and 5 assists in his last four games with the Rifles.  No, that is not a typo.

Troy Power’s latest blog entry covers the dominant win over AIC as well as the lead up to the game.

The early National Letter of Intent signing period starts tomorrow and College Hockey Inc has a summary of what the NLI is all about.  I believe Brandon Egli is the only 2015 recruit who has signed a NLI yet, so in the next couple weeks I expect the team to announce the signings of Kurt Keats and Austin Plevy for next fall as well.  We may see a NLI come in for Jake McCarthy, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s pushed back to 2016 given his injury issues this season.  Still, he could sign the NLI and still come to Amherst in 2016 as well.

There will not be a post tomorrow night as I’ll be out in Amherst tailgating and enjoying some UMass football under the lights.  However on Thursday I’m planning on writing some thoughts about how UMass has done so far on the season.

Recruit Update

Brandon Montour – D – Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL) – Dec 2014
8 GP / 1 G / 8 A / 9 Pts / 6 PIM /+1
Montour had two assists in an OT loss to Fargo this past week.  Montour has the second most points by a defenseman in the USHL and is tied for 9th among all skaters.

Brandon Egli – D – Vernon Vipers (BCHL) – 2015
7 GP / 0 G /1 A / 1 Pts / 5 PIM
Egli got his first assist of the season.  Unfortunately he’ll have to sit a few games for a brawl that occurred on October 18th

Jake McCarthy – D – South Shore Kings (USPHL) – 2015 or 2016
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
McCarthy is still nursing an injury that is delaying his debut for the Kings.

Kurt Keats – C – Powell River Kings (BCHL) – 2015
15 GP / 15 G / 7 A / 22 Pts / 20 PIM
Keats continues to put up huge numbers.  He had four goals in the three games played this past week.  He’s tied with Vermont commit Craig Puffer for the BCHL lead in goals, leads the league in power play goals with six, and is tied for fourth in points.

Austin Plevy – C – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2015
17 GP / 10 G /18 A / 28 Pts / 36 PIM
Plevy had a goal and two assists in two games this week.  He continues to lead the AJHL in points.  He’s tied for 7th in the league and goals and tied for third in game winning goals.

Shane Bear – D – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
17 GP / 0 G / 7 A / 7 Pts / 35 PIM

Bear had an assist this past week and a game where he picked up 19 PIM.

Troy Conzo – RW – Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) – 2016 or 2017
3 GP / 0 G /0 A /0 Pts / 0 PIM / -2
Conzo was held scoreless this past week.

Kyler Nachtigall – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
17 GP / 3 G / 3 A / 6 Pts / 33 PIM
Nachtigall was held off the scoresheet this past week.

Ty Pelton-Byce – C – Team Wisconsin U18 (Elite)/Madison Memorial (WI HS) – 2016
21 GP / 12 G / 12 A / 24 Pts / 8 PIM  Team Wisconsin U18
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts  Madison Memorial
It looks like the playoffs took place for the fall league that Pelton-Byce played in.  He had a goal and an assist in three playoff games.

John Leonard – F – Springfield Rifles (Mass Selects)/Springfield Cathedral (MA HS) – 2017
10 GP / 13 G / 6 A / 19 Pts  Springfield Rifles
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts  Springfield Cathedral
Leonard did not play this past week.

Recruit Update

Brandon Montour – D – Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL) – Dec 2014
7 GP / 1 G / 6 A / 7 Pts / 2 PIM / 0
Montour picked up his first goal of the year in a 2-1 loss for the Blackhawks.

Brandon Egli – D – Vernon Vipers (BCHL) – 2015
6 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
Egli played this past weekend for Vernon but didn’t register in the scoring.

Jake McCarthy – D – South Shore Kings (USPHL) – 2015 or 2016
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
McCarthy is still nursing an injury that is delaying his debut for the Kings.

Kurt Keats – C – Powell River Kings (BCHL) – 2015
12 GP / 11 G /7 A / 18 Pts / 10 PIM
Keats has now scored a goal in six straight games, scoring 7 goals total to go with three assists in that span.  He’s second in the league in goals and 6th in points.

Austin Plevy – C – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2015
15 GP / 9 G /16 A / 24 Pts / 20 PIM
Plevy had two goals and three assists this past week.  He continues to lead the AJHL in points while ranking 6th in goals.

Troy Conzo – RW – Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) – 2016 or 2017
2 GP / 0 G /0 A /0 Pts / 0 PIM / -2
Conzo played his second game of the season for the Bucs but didn’t make it into the scoring.  One thing to keep in mind about Conzo is he is one of the younger players on his team.  He will still have one or two seasons in the USHL most likely after this one.

Kyler Nachtigall – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
15 GP / 3 G / 3 A / 6 Pts / 33 PIM
Nachtigall had a goal and an assist this past week.

Shane Bear – D – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
13 GP / 0 G / 6 A / 6 Pts / 16 PIM
It appears there was a stat correction this week as Bear actually lost a couple assists.

Ty Pelton-Byce – C – Team Wisconsin U18 (Elite)/Madison Memorial (WI HS) – 2016
18 GP / 11 G / 11 A / 22 Pts / 8 PIM  Team Wisconsin U18
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts  Madison Memorial
Pelton-Byce had two goals and an assist in the past week.  He’s among the league leaders in goals and points.

John Leonard – F – Springfield Rifles (Mass Selects)/Springfield Cathedral (MA HS) – 2017
10 GP / 13 G / 6 A / 19 Pts  Springfield Rifles
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts  Springfield Cathedral
T.A. from Hockeyrecruits4u blog passed along the info that Leonard is playing for the Springfield Rifles of the Mass Selects league before his high school season starts.  Leonard has mostly played with the U16 team where he currently is 4th in the league in goals and 7th in points.  He did play one game with the U18 team where he scored a hat trick.

For those interested, here is the Springfield Rifles logo:

Hmm….there is something very familiar about that image…  can’t put my finger on it…

UMass had two of the Top 5 plays highlighted on the NCAA Hockey website with Patrick Lee’s gamewinner grabbing the top spot.  I’m still partial to the Horton goal sequence though that came in at #3.  If you want to feel optimistic about this season watch that highlight a few times.  The ticket office should burn that play on DVDs to be sent to any lapsed season ticket holders.  Any Pond Club mailings should include a DVD of that play personally signed by each player that touched the puck.  A video board should be added to the side of the practice rink just to show it over and over to the poor students making the long walk in from the yellow and green lots next to Mullins and make their daily trek a little better.  Assistant coaches Joey Gasparini and Ryan Miller should save the highlight onto their phones to aid them in their recruiting trips.  All FBS football conferences that UMass is targeting for membership should be shown that video, just because hockey.  Coach Micheletto should walk in to the next UMass sports luncheon, show the play on a loop while blasting AC/DC, and just walk out leaving the luncheon regulars in stunned awe.  If you aren’t excited after watching that play there is nothing more I can do to help you, you might as well delete FTT from your bookmarks.

Here’s the latest blog entry from Troy Power chronicling the road trip to East Lansing, complete with video this week.

Here’s an interesting first piece in a series from USCHO on the current challenges in scheduling games in college hockey.  This is obviously something that is affecting UMass, as seen with all the non-conference games against Hockey East teams in the last two seasons.

Recruit Update

Brandon Montour – D – Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL) – Dec 2014
5 GP / 0 G / 6 A / 6 Pts / 2 PIM / +3
Montour is already the top scoring defenseman in the league with his 6 points, tied for 8th among all skaters.

Brandon Egli – D – Vernon Vipers (BCHL) – 2015
4 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
Egli made his debut for the Vipers over the weekend after being traded from Victoria

Jake McCarthy – D – South Shore Kings (USPHL) – 2015 or 2016
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
McCarthy is still nursing an injury that is delaying his debut for the Kings.

Kurt Keats – C – Powell River Kings (BCHL) – 2015
8 GP / 6 G /5 A / 11 Pts / 10 PIM
Keats had a strong week with two goals and an assist over the weekend.  He’s currently tied for 6th in the BCHL for goals and tied for 15th for points.

Austin Plevy – C – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2015
13 GP / 7 G /13 A / 20 Pts / 20 PIM
Plevy is third in the league in points and tied for 12th in goals.

Troy Conzo – RW – Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) – 2016 or 2017
1 GP / 0 G /0 A /0 Pts / 0 PIM
Conzo still has only played one game for the Bucs.

Kyler Nachtigall – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
13 GP / 2 G / 2 A / 4 Pts / 33 PIM
Nachtigall had a goal this past week.

Shane Bear – D – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
13 GP / 0 G / 8 A / 8 Pts / 14 PIM
Bear had three assists in his three game this past week.  He’s tied for second on Brooks in that category.

Ty Pelton-Byce – C – Team Wisconsin U18 (Elite)/Madison Memorial (WI HS) – 2016
15 GP / 9 G / 10 A / 18 Pts / 8 PIM  Team Wisconsin U18
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts  Madison Memorial
Pelton-Byce is tied for 8th in goals and 10th in points in the Elite League, despite playing few games than most of the other players.

John Leonard – F – Springfield Cathedral (MA HS) – 2017
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts
Waiting on HS hockey to start up.

I forgot to mention this in my recap over the weekend, but for those who missed it Zack LaRue and Oleg Yevenko were named assistant captains before Friday’s game.  Both solid choices and players who will need to do well for UMass to be successful this year.

Some interesting numbers coming out of the game against BU.  For example, their 8 goals represents 18% of their total conference game output last year.  Ugh.

Last month College Hockey News had this good introduction to some of the new stats now being used regularly in the game.  Since I enjoy numbers, you can bet on seeing some of them on FTT.

Plevy Commits To UMass; Recruit Update

The Massachusetts hockey program picked up a commitment for next fall from Austin Plevy.  Plevy currently plays for the….wait for it….Brooks Bandits.  The Bandits are of course also the team where future Minutemen Shane Bear and Kylie Nachtigall are playing and where current freshmen Patrick Lee and Maddison Smiley had much success.  Plevy has five goals and 10 assists in 10 games for a team leading 15 points for Brooks.  He was just named AJHL Player of the Week.  Plevy has been playing junior hockey north of the border since 2009 with his best statistical season a 30 goal, 43 assist effort while appearing in 54 games with the Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL in 2012-13.

Plevy started the year at Merrimack where he was their top offensive recruit.  However, for unreported reasons Plevy left North Andover just days into the semester and returned to Canada.  Because Plevy signed a NLI with Merrimack and was enrolled in the school, it could complicate exactly when he’d be eligible to play for the Minutemen.  Mike McMahon has reported that Warrior coach Mark Dennehy plans on holding Plevy to his NLI and will not grant him a waiver.  Though these rules are never simple, McMahon contends that Plevy would have to sit a year at his new school and would only have three years of eligibility starting in fall of 2016.  That is my understanding of the rules as well.  However, there are always appeals to be heard, forms to be filled out, and red tape to unwind.  The UMass staff will certainly do what they can do to have Plevy in uniform next year so it should not be ruled out.

Let’s add Plevy to the recruit list and see how next year shapes up with his addition.

Brandon Montour – D – Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL) – Dec 2014
3 GP / 0 G / 4 A / 4 Pts / 2 PIM / +1
Montour had a couple two assist games last week.

Brandon Egli – D – Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) – 2015
2 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
Egli did not play this past week so he may be battling an injury.

Jake McCarthy – D – South Shore Kings (USPHL) – 2015 or 2016
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
McCarthy was reported to have joined the Kings for the season but it doesn’t appear that he’s played any games yet.

Kurt Keats – C – Powell River Kings (BCHL) – 2015
6 GP / 4 G /4 A / 8 Pts / 2 PIM
Keats had a two assist game this past week.

Austin Plevy – C – Powell River Kings (BCHL) – 2015
10 GP / 5 G /10 A / 15 Pts / 18 PIM
Aside from the offensive production mentioned earlier, 18 PIM in 10 games is certainly eye catching.

Troy Conzo – RW – Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) – 2016 or 2017
1 GP / 0 G /0 A /0 Pts / 0 PIM
Conzo did not play last week

Kyler Nachtigall – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
10 GP / 1 G / 2 A / 3 Pts / 23 PIM
Nachtigall had a game misconduct in the one game he played in this past week.

Shane Bear – D – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
10 GP / 0 G / 5 A / 5 Pts / 10 PIM
Bear had an assist the past week.

Ty Pelton-Byce – C – Team Wisconsin U18 (Elite)/Madison Memorial (WI HS) – 2016
12 GP / 9 G / 9 A / 18 Pts / 8 PIM  Team Wisconsin U18
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts  Madison Memorial
A couple readers were nice enough to pass along that Pelton-Byce plays for Team Wisconsin U18 before the HS hockey season.  Last year he helped Team Wisconsin U16 to a national championship.  He’s currently the leading scorer for the U18 team.

John Leonard – F – Springfield Cathedral (MA HS) – 2017
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts
Leonard might be playing junior hockey until HS hockey starts as well like Pelton-Byce.  But if that’s the case I haven’t been able to track down where.

Captain Troy Power’s latest installment of his blog covers last week’s exhibition game and the typical game day routine.

Speaking of commitments, decommitments, and NLIs, Mike McMahon wrote a must read piece on the “gentleman’s agreement” in college hockey.  The gentleman’s agreement is was the promise that coaches would stop recruiting a player once he had verbally committed to another school.  I say was because some schools have chosen to abandon the agreement and will pursue other players right up until they sign their NLI.  Now if those schools were UAH and Robert Morris it would be a huge issue.   But the coaches who have publicly said they’re no longer honoring the agreement are Jerry York of Boston College, Don Lucia of Minnesota, and Mike Eaves of Wisconsin.  Obviously if those elite schools are recruiting kids beyond their commitment to another school there’s a good chance they’ll be successful.

Coach Micheletto is quoted in the article, saying the agreement “has become difficult”.  I agree.  I think the agreement is a positive for all schools in the small community that is college hockey.  However it needs 100% adherence to be effective.  And to have the top teams in DI not abiding by it, the rest of the schools who are are artificially handcuffing themselves in the process.  Teams like BC and Minnesota have enough ingrained advantages in college hockey as it is.  They don’t need to poach the recruits of schools who have agreed not to reciprocate.  So in my opinion if York and Lucia are going to play by a different set of rules, I say hell with the agreement.

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